Hand Wash­ing Im­proves Hy­giene: O’Con­nor

‘Through this one habit could make sig­nif­i­cant progress in mov­ing to­wards the goal of in­creas­ing hy­giene pro­grammes, in­vest­ment and be­hav­iour change’

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN arishma.narayan@fi­jisun.com.

If all Global Hand Wash­ing Day par­tic­i­pants ad­vo­cate for hand wash­ing with soap ev­ery day, there could be a sig­nif­i­cant progress in in­creas­ing hy­giene. This was the mes­sage by As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Alex O’Con­nor. He was ad­dress­ing more than 600 stu­dents from eight Lau­toka schools dur­ing the Global Hand Wash­ing Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Gir­mit Cen­tre in Lau­toka yes­ter­day. He said even though the event tar­geted school chil­dren, the mes­sage for ev­ery­one was sim­ple. “Es­pe­cially mothers and fa­thers, fam­ily mem­bers and teach­ers who have a lot of in­flu­ence on the health of our chil­dren; help su­per­vise and es­tab­lish the hand wash­ing habit,” Mr O’Con­nor said. He high­lighted to the stu­dents that through this one habit could make sig­nif­i­cant progress in mov­ing to­wards the goal of in­creas­ing hy­giene pro­grammes, in­vest­ment and be­havioural change. Mr O’Con­nor thanked the spon­sors: UNICEF, SPC, Live & Learn, Fiji Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Wash, Pro­tex, Ocean Soap, World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­istry of Health for their con­tin­ued sup­port in mak­ing the event big­ger ev­ery year. The pro­gramme saw stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in Global Hand Wash­ing Day or­a­tory, poster and hand wash­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The theme for this year’s Global Hand Wash­ing Day was ‘mak­ing hand wash­ing a habit.’ Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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